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About Toryu

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  1. Sometimes a picture seeds an idea. I found this photo when I built my Marine Corsair, and it inspired me to try and model this gun carrier as a companion. Tamiya's 1/48 Jeep was the perfect kit for this task. I used the Eduard PE set and Verlinden wheels, and scratch-built a new radiator grille to represent the early front and a wooden box to hold the .5 cal Browning M2 machine guns. The box can be removed to have the Jeep perform other duties if needed. The picture below demonstrates the difference between the early radiator grille with spokes (vehicle in the front) and the more common pressed sheet-metal face (rear). The Jeep's official designation is Willys-Overland Model MB or ¼ ton 4x4 truck. My model served in the Solomons in early 1943 with VMF-124, part of Marine Air Group 12. Six machine guns, each weighing some 84 lbs, and a crew of two are an adequate load for the dogged Jeep, which has in fact a maximum paylod of 800 lbs. I hope you like this digression from my usual aircraft modelling theme, and you are invited of course to visit my Corsair here. I'm working on a small display base so that I can present them together. Thanks for viewing - Michael References Pacific War Eagles in Original Color, Jeffrey Ethell / Warren Bodie, Front Royal, 1997 Jeeps 1941-45, Osprey New Vanguard 117, Steven J. Zaloga, Botley, 2005 Pre-Standardized Jeep, Walk Around 5711, David Doyle, Carrollton, 2008 Willys-Overland MB and Ford Model GPW Jeep Technical Manual, Washington, 1947, reprinted by PeriscopeFilm 2011
  2. What a great model of this fascinating aircraft! I love unusual innovative constructions. What a pity that it didn't go into service. Your model certainly does!
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    P-51D "Dappy VI"

    Well, that's maybe my fault. The decal looks accurate. I think I read "Dotty" as "Dolly Looking closely I think they even got “Happy“ right because a very strange small “h“ was used in the inscription that looks like “D“. The colours are wrong, though.
  4. Toryu

    P-51D "Dappy VI"

    No, they didn't get "Dolly" right because the name on the frame was "Dotty"!
  5. Great model. Looks absolutely impressive in the large scale. Why does it have bomb shakles - very unusual? Are they included in the kit? Thanks for sharing.
  6. That‘s a fine model, Greg. The He 280 looks handsome like many of the early jets, particularly in this smooth and clean attire. Also because it was a very rare (if not the only) jet with twin rudders. More please!
  7. Great research, a fascinating story, superb models and first-rate photography - thank you!
  8. Two super 'smoky Joes'. Particularly the JSDAF one is a real stunner.
  9. Really cute and wonderfully finished! Looks like an egg plane
  10. A very attractive build with the red trimming. Great model! I love US jets from the fifties, they were still in their infancy and look a bit clumsy.
  11. Toryu

    Hellcat Yellow Cowl Band

    Aircraft aboard USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) are said to have had yellow nose rings in 1945. This opinion seems pretty well established for Corsairs (VF-84 and VMF-221). It would be reasonable to assume that their nightfighter and reconnaissance Hellcats were also adorned with a yellow cowl ring. There is a good b/w photo in Warpaint Series No.84 p.32 showing an F6F-5P No. 135 with a bright nose ring applied in the same way as for the Corsairs (nose number masked before painting, resulting in a Sea Blue background). This colour when compared to the yellow prop tips and the white numbers could be either, but it's fair to assume it was yellow. Behind the nose band their is a small darker band before the Sea Blue of the cowling begins. I guess this darker area is residue from masking before applying yellow, but it could be black as well. Cheers, Michael
  12. Thanks for hinting at this model CC. It's a great-looking Grumman. I built an F3F-2 in 1998 from the Aeroclub vacu kit. It turned out quite good, but requires some restauration before I feel like posting it. With your fantastic model we could open a Golden-Era-Club. How far are you with the other builds?
  13. Very attractive. I love nostalgic reviews. My first 1/72 Hellcat in the sixties was the Airfix kit that had roundels for an FAA Pacific attire. Together with my Revell Corsair I much admired them - they were my 'terrible twins'. Terrible is also the right word for my modelling skills thence, but well, I was a child... And since @Johnny_Sokko just mentions it: I also had the Vengeance in my collection, in RAAF camouflage (equally crude) if I remember correctly..
  14. It didn't catch my eye; you may be right. I just think it has a realistic touch. You may want to look at this and this if you like yellow wings Thanks, Michael
  15. Looks absolutely awesome, Gary! Hard to believe that this fine model is from the lumps of plastic provided by Hawk kits... The struts and the rigging look great. I like the pictures with the soft colours that look like sunset. Cheers, Michael
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